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Friday, August 22, 2014

Deana: Theme Launched for the Mystery Row Swap

Are you ready for September 1st?  It is time to launch the theme for the Mystery Row Swap.
Drum roll please...

I am still deciding on a name, but I am leaning toward Quilter's Garden.  The row swap will feature rows of things you might find in a quilter's sewing room and flowers.  The garden part of the theme will not be a vegetable garden but a flower garden. 

The pattern for the first row will be released September 1st.  To participate, email me or leave a comment with your email.  I will send you a PDF downloaded pattern for free.  If you make at least one block to swap and post it to the group blog, then you will get the next month's pattern for free.

I am calling the first row "Good Vibrations".  It will feature a variety of sewing machines, old and new.  Here is a sneak peak.

Because it is a swap, you will be required to use quilt shop quality fabric and match the colors in my color scheme.




Linking up today with:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deana: Great Feathered Wreath Tutorial

I have been surfing the web a little tonight looking for ideas on how to quilt this one.

The pattern came out of a magazine and they quilted the five big squares without flowers in them with feathered wreaths.  I was not sure if I could do that, so I went searching for other ideas.  Just by chance I came across a great tutorial for a feathered wreath.  Check it out at  I Patch and Quilt!

Also, go check out "Under the Needle" and her quilting.  I really like what she has done.

Also, remember that the Mystery Row Swap will be starting on September 1st.  Please leave a comment or email me if you want to join.  The first block and theme will be announced soon, so stay tuned.




Linking up with Esther's Wow

Deana: Val's Quilting Studio

Today over at Val's Quilting Studio we are linking up Fat Quarter Quilts and feathers.


The fat quarter quilts I have made are all Buggy Barn ones.  I have yet to do a Buggy Barn pattern that is not made with fat quarters, and I love them.  They are just so much fun.  Here are a few I was able to find photos of:

This quilt did have some feathers quilted in it.



 I did not quilt feathers in them, but I did quilt ghosts, wizards, Jack-o-lanterns, spiders, and such.


 This quilt was covered in spider webs (quilted ones).






Linking up today with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


Also, remember that the Mystery Row Swap will be starting on September 1st.  Please leave a comment or email me if you want to join.  The first block and theme will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Deana: Basting

I have been basting quilts.  I have two done and another one on  the frames and started.



Also, I am letting people know that I am working on a pattern for my Windmill Quilt (below).  I will post a link to my Etsy Shop on this blog when it is ready.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments and interest in getting the pattern. If you would like an email when it is ready, please leave a comment and give me your address. 

Tuesday Link Ups:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deana: Still struggling with fabric selection

So, I tried the gold behind the horse and I don't know if it is the best option. As far as dark and light goes, I really like it.  I just don't know if I like it the best.

Also, I changed the background fabric behind the horse on the left so it is lighter.  The previous one was too close to the color of the mare.  I slid the piece under her and then hand appliqued it down around the blue border.  It went pretty slick and did not involve picking and resewing with the machine.



I pulled out some other fabrics I purchased for this quilt and still can't decide. 


I really like this one too, but I am not sure how a light center will look next to the other parts of the quilt center.  I bought this piece for another part of the quilt and will have to change it if I use it here. 


A dark piece goes best with the overall layout of the quilt top and makes her look like she is popping out of a hole - the look I am going for, but may be too dark.


Any suggestions?

Also, I am letting people know that I am working on a pattern for my Windmill Quilt.  I will post a link to my Etsy Shop on this blog when it is ready.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments and interest in getting the pattern. If you would like an email when it is ready, please leave a comment and give me your address. 

Also, I will be launching the New Mystery Row Swap September 1st.  Details here.  Come join us.

Linking up today with Fabric Frenzy Friday.  You should check out the delicious fabrics she has as well as her darling little apron.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Deana: Horse done but not satisfied & Thursday Link Ups

I got my horse all attached and I really like her.  The only problem is that I am not sure that I like the black outer ring.  You cannot see all of her mane, so I am thinking about changing it to another color.  Also, I am not really satisfied with the background fabric  behind her on the left.  It is too close to her skin color.  I think I'll change it too.  She is just glued together for now so I can make changes.


What do you think?  I really want an opinion.


Fabric Audition
The picture shows the design for the entire top of the bed.
 
Linking up today with:
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Deana: Buckskin Mare getting closer


Val's Quilting Studio is having a linky party for any quilt related to "farms".  I think my Buckskin Mare fits the bill.  Now I only have the mane along the neckline left -- yay!  I will be so happy when the center is done so I can get moving on the piecing around her.

I was raised on a farm with horses.  My father is a great horseman and loves paints and quarter horses.  My husband and son enjoy them too, so we play with them a little.  My husband and I have an annual 4 day date into a roadless area where only hikers and horses are allowed.  We pack all our gear on the pack horses and ride in a few hours -- love the peace on the mountain and the beauty of nature.


Along the "Farm" theme, I am also showing my Barn Quilt.  I love old barns and made it my theme for the Daughters of Dorinda 2011 Mystery project.  It was fun to design and create but still needs to be finished.   The big red barn represents my grandfather, Bud's, barn.  He was a dairy farmer and I put his name on the front of the barn in Holstein lettering.  The falling apart barn on the middle left represents the barn that fell on my husband's leg when we were first married.  It broke his leg in two places and required surgery and pins.  He still has problems with it.

I joined a barn swap years ago for a class at Annual Meeting and still have not put the blocks together.  I just LOVE them!



I enjoyed making them so much that I made them all again and put them in a quilt as desined by the original designer and gave it to my Sister-in-law as a wedding gift.  I hand quilted this one.









Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday, Free Motion by the River, Quilt Story, WIP Wednesday, WOW at Esther's Blog, and Val's Quilting Studio.



Also, I am letting people know that I am working on a pattern for my Windmill Quilt.  I will post a link to my Etsy Shop on this blog when it is ready.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments and interest in getting the pattern. If you would like an email when it is ready, please leave a comment and give me your address. 

Also, I will be launching the New Mystery Row Swap September 1st.  Details here.  Come join us.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Deana: Beautiful!!

Click this link to see a quilt called "Indian summer".  I just love to study it.  It is one of the middle pictures in the list.  It looks like it is a whole cloth quilt that has been painted.  I am dyeing over the machine quilting!

Below is today's progress on my buckskin mare.  Today I have added ears, another eye, and some mane.  I cannot believe the hours I have spent just turning edges under and glueing.  I am putting it away for tonight and doing something else because my brain is fried!  I am anxious to get a needle into this project and do all the hand applique.

I know the top of the head looks strange right now but it will be all covered with mane and hair (soon I hope).   

Linking up with Fort Worth Fabric Frenzy Friday


Also, I am letting people know that I am working on a pattern for my Windmill Quilt.  I will post a link to my Etsy Shop on this blog when it is ready.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments and interest in getting the pattern. If you would like an email when it is ready, please leave a comment and give me your address. 

Also, I am getting closer to launching the New Mystery Row Swap.  Details here.  Come join us.